Owlz Ride Power Stroke to 12-4 Win

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | July 6, 2017 2:42 AM ET

The Orem Owlz hit a season high five home runs in Grand Junction on Wednesday night to win their third straight game by a score of 12-4. 

 

The Owlz came into the night having only hit six home runs on the year, nearly doubling that total by the end of the game. 

 

Ryan Vega got the scoring started in the first inning, when he drove Brandon Sandoval home on a base hit that made the score 1-0. 

 

Three batters later, Harrison Wenson began the Owlz' home run barrage, hooking a three-run shot into the left field corner that made the score 4-0 by the end of the first inning.

 

Torii Hunter Jr. continued the Owlz' power surge with his first professional home run--a line drive that banked off of the scoreboard in right-center field making the score 5-0. 

 

Three at-bats later Brandon Sandoval picked up hit first professional home run--a solo shot into the left field bleachers that made the score 6-0 by the end of the second inning. 

 

In the top of the third inning, Harrison Wenson roped his second home run of the game over the left field foul pole to make the score 7-0. 

 

At this point in the game, Owlz starting pitcher Chris Rodriguez had yet to allow a baserunner, using just 13 pitches to rifle through the top two thirds of the Rockies' batting order. 

 

Rodriguez allowed his first hit of the night to the No. 9 hitter in the Rockies' batting order, Nic Motley in the bottom half of the inning. 

 

Motley lofted a broken-bat double into shallow right field, clearing the third baseman Manuel Guzman's glove by stray inches. 

 

That soft looper was the only baserunner allowed on the night by Rodriguez, who was flat-out dominant in his fourth start of the season. 

 

Rodriguez needed just 51 pitches to make his way through five scoreless innings en route to picking up his second win of the year, which ties the team lead. 

 

Run support was never in question for Rodriguez, who had a 9-0 lead under his belt by the time his night reached its close. 

 

The Owlz fifth and final home run of the night was hit in the fifth inning, when Franklin Torres drove his first professional homer into the right field corner, scoring David Mackinnon along with himself to make the score 9-0.

 

Mackinnon, who started 11 of the Owlz' first 12 games at first base, was back in the starting lineup after sitting out four straight games due to being hit by a pitch on his right hand in Friday night's win over Idaho Falls.

 

Mackinnon welcomed himself back into the lineup with a 2-3 performance, the only out by a sacrifice fly that brought home the tenth run of the game in the top of the sixth inning.

 

It was at this point that the bullpen took over for Chris Rodriguez--now with an 10-0 lead to preserve.

 

After Grand Junction broke onto to the scoreboard in the sixth with two runs charged to James Ziemba, the Owlz continued to lay down the hammer, scoring two more runs in the seventh inning.

 

Torii Hunter Jr. singled on a line drive to right field that scored Harrison Wenson off of second base, making the score 11-2.

 

Hunter ended with his second consecutive multi-hit game, having gone 2-5 with a run scored and two runs batted in.

 

The Owlz' final run of the night came home on an RBI groundout from Leonardo Rivas that scored Matt McCann off of third base, making the score 12-2.

 

In addition to providing dazzling defense at shortstop, McCann picked up a career high three hits on the night, tying for the most on the team with Wenson.

 

The Owlz picked up a total of 17 hits in the game, which is their second-highest total in any game this season.

 

The Rockies went on to score two more runs in the eigth inning off of a two-run homer from Rockies second baseman Shael Mendoza.

 

The two-run shot marked Mendoza's second straight day having hit a home run, coming as part of a 2-4 performance at the plate, where he scored two runs.

 

The final two runs scored in the game were charged to Owlz reliever Crusito Mieses, who ended up recording just one out in the eigth inning.

 

Despite the four runs allowed, the Owlz got strong work out of their bullpen for the second straight day.

 

Owlz right-handed pitcher Denny Brady pitched a perfect seventh inning for the first scoreless outing of his Minor League career.

 

Right-handed pitcher Daniel Procopio also ended the game having pitched one and two thirds perfect innings to slam the door on the Grand Junction Rockies, cementing the game's final score of 12-4.

 

The win advances the Owlz' record to 12-5 on the year with Orem still in command of a three-game lead over the Ogden Raptors atop the Pioneer League South standings.

 

The Owlz will play two more games at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction before heading back home to Orem on Saturday to begin a three-game series with the Idaho Falls Chukars.

 

First pitch for tomorrow's game is scheduled for 6:40 MT, with coverage beginning on the Orem Owlz Baseball Network 15 minutes prior to first pitch, with the Voice of the Owlz, Steven Cusumano.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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